Winners selected in Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest
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Winners were chosen Monday night in the Pittsburgh Public Theater's 18th annual Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest, which saw nearly 1,000 students, grades 4-12, strutting their stuff during the competition.
The judges were all Public Theater staff and actors in the company's current production of "As You Like It."
The 26 monologues and multi-character scenes that advanced to Monday's Showcase of Finalists at the Public's O'Reilly Theater were:
Scene, grades 8-12: Winners: Matthew Ruppert, Ben Jackson, Micah Ruppert (Penn Hills, home schooled). Additional finalists were: Nikki Davis, Daren Kossar (Shaler High School); Markella Williams, Isaac Miller (Lincoln Park Charter); Maria Ignelzi, Armand Ignelzi (Aquinas Academy); Keith Backensto, Elisha Carleton, Grayson Quay (Beaver County Christian).
Monologue, grades 8-12: Tied for first: Sara Williams (City Charter High School) and Tal Kroser (Pittsburgh CAPA). Additional finalists were: Olivia Gill (Carson Middle School); Marin Exler (Carlynton Middle School); Jonathan Veres (Thomas Jefferson High School); Larry McKay (Allderdice High School); Laura McCarthy (North Allegheny High School); Callee Bradley (Winchester Thurston); Christa Lerch (Lincoln Park Charter); Marco Zappala (Quaker Valley High School); Evan Stiger (Freedom Area High School); Katherine Heidengren (Beaver County Christian); Lucy Sedor-Franzak (Bethel Park High School); Jordana Rosenfeld (CAPA); Kathryn Griffin (Canon McMillan High School).
Scene, grades 4-7: Winners: Emily Appel,, Dominic Skeele (Slippery Rock Middle School). Additional finalists were: Lexi Feldman, Caroline McDonough (Boyce Middle School); Anna Porter, Elizabeth Stater (Blackburn Study Center); Heather Walter, Tyler Schmidt (North Hills Junior High School).
Monologue, grades 4-7: Winner: Emily Bassett (Winchester Thurston). Additional finalists were Elliot Pullen (home schooled) and Charlotte Bush (Hope Academy).
First Published February 14, 2012 12:00 am